Coast Guard Rescues 3 from Sinking Vessel off Hollywood Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale, Fla., rescued three people from the 93-foot catamaran, Anzhela Explorer, around 5:30 a.m. after the vessel began sinking a half- mile off Hollywood Beach, Fla.

The vessels crew were unable to deploy the vessel’s life raft and were clinging to the bow of the vessel as the Coast Guard assets arrived on scene. The three people were transferred off the boat safely. The vessel sank in 23 feet of water.

The Coast Guard has issued a Broadcast Notice to Mariners reporting the submerged vessel’s location. There is currently 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel contained with the Anzhela Explorer and minimal sheening has been observed by Coast Guard inspectors.

The Coast Guard is monitoring the owner’s salvage and pollution efforts. The vessel owner has hired SeaTow as their salvage contractor and have scheduled salvage efforts for Thursday, when appropriate salvage equipment will become available.

Commercial salvage divers dove the vessel area and have not found any indication of further contamination. The cause of the sinking is not know at this time.

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